'' Game of Thrones ' debut draws record 10.1 million viewers

Tuesday, July 18, 2017|9:51 p.m.

LOS ANGELES– Women dominate Westeros as never ever in the past, and it’s the same with the “Game of Thrones” ratings.

The HBO drama’s seventh-season premiere last weekend drew a record-setting 10.1 million audiences, inning accordance with Nielsen business figures launched Tuesday.

That eclipsed previous premier “Game of Thrones” episodes, consisting of the 8.11 million who watched the season 5 finale in 2015 and the 8 million who tuned in to that year’s opener.

The numbers represent audiences who viewed the episodes as they initially aired. Many more join the celebration through streaming and DVR viewings.

As the new season opened, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is atop the Iron Throne as queen of Westeros; Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) commands an extensive army, and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is exacting vengeance for Red Wedding event household deaths.

There was one attractive new male: Pop star Ed Sheeran had a cameo in the best.

The glittering ratings will need to make up for a lack of 2017 Emmy gold. The series returned outside the awards’ eligibility window, so “Game of Thrones” was missing out on from the field of nominees revealed recently after it dominated in 2015’s Emmys.

Viewer fascination clearly is developing as the fantasy saga based upon George R.R. Martin’s books draws toward its end. After this penultimate season of seven episodes, fewer than the normal 10, HBO has actually said there will be another with an anticipated eight episodes.

That doesn’t suggest Martin’s imagination will be absent from HBO. The channel formerly revealed that four scripts are in development for possible series, and Martin disclosed in May that a 5th job is in the mix– but just how much of a “Game of Thrones” pedigree they’ll have is uncertain.

On his site, Martin stated that each of the principles under advancement is a prequel instead of a follow up, and may not even be set on the legendary continent of Westeros. Instead of the terms “spinoff” or “prequel,” Martin said he prefers “follower program.”

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